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Cybersecurity Management


The MSc in Cybersecurity Management programme will prepare a broad range of graduates for roles as cybersecurity professionals with leadership responsibilities within industry. This programme is a 90 credit programme.


This programme will be delivered full time over one academic year. This newly developed programme is from the same expert team of lecturers and industry professionals who have delivered Ireland's leading technical MSc in Cybersecurity programme.


This programme is targeted at Business, Humanities and Arts graduates who would like to move into roles with cybersecurity responsibilities. The programme is also suitable for those from technical backgrounds who would like to develop the management skills necessary to move into a leadership role in cybersecurity.



Cybersecurity managers must ensure that the risk to information assets is minimised by implementing well designed security measures. They are responsible for staying abreast of the threat landscape to prevent (and design policy to respond to) malicious actors. They implement cybersecurity management frameworks and ensure that all employees and vendors operate within these frameworks. They advise and guide their business on national, EU and international laws for dealing with personal data, credit card information, health care data and other personally identifiable information. They have governance responsibilities ensuring cyber risks are identified and quantified according to well defined metrics and implement systems that mitigate these risks. Cybersecurity managers also need to have the digital skills in enterprise security architecture to work with teams in procuring and developing IT systems, the transversal skills to determine what risks/vulnerabilities/attacks these systems identify/detect/prevent, the management skills to be capable of prioritising cybersecurity resources and will have leadership skills in working with diverse teams. In order to perform the role required learners will undertake a series of modules designed to develop these skills.



Cork and Ireland is currently positioning itself as a cybersecurity centre of excellence and is home to some of the leading cybersecurity companies such as ​AlienVault​, ​Cylance​, ​eSentire​, ​FireEye​, Forcepoint​, ​GetVisibility​, ​IBM​, ​VMware​, ​Johnson Controls​, ​Keeper Security​, ​McAfee​, ​McKesson​, ​Nuix​, Qualcomm​, ​SmartTech​, ​Solarwinds​, ​Sonicwall​, ​Sophos​, ​TransUnion​, ​Trend Micro​, ​UTRC​. These companies currently operate across a diverse range of sectors such as banking, IoT, Telcom, engineering and automotive and require a workforce with a broad range of cybersecurity skills to contribute to various roles within their respective organisations. However, the challenge is that there is a dire shortage of cybersecurity professionals which is placing our digital economy at risk because we do not have enough skilled personnel to protect, respond and mitigate against security threats and breaches.


At present, there is 0% unemployment reported in cyber security roles worldwide, with 3.5 million unfilled jobs predicted by 2021, resulting in increasing global competition for talent and investment. Ireland’s national cyber security strategy published in Dec 2019, clearly states the urgency in addressing this critical skill shortage and places clear emphasis on the need for a ready supply of talent to ensure that our data centres which house a large proportion of Europe's data (approx. 30%), businesses (SMEs to large multinationals) and critical infrastructure are protected. This supply of talent is necessary as it is our best defence in an increasingly complex threat landscape with: the emergence of ubiquitous computing networks i.e. IoT and industry 4.0; and professional cybercriminals who make it their business to cause havoc to our citizens, businesses and society and profit from such activities through ransomware and other forms of attack. Conservative estimates show cybercriminal revenues at $1.5-3 Trillion (Europol) or significantly larger than the global illicit drug trade. By developing a steady supply of skilled cybersecurity professionals Ireland will be able maintain its reputation as a safe place in doing digital business which is necessary to continue to attract investment from some of the world's largest technology firms and grow a burgeoning start-up scene.



Master of Science (MSc) in Cybersecurity Management (90 ECTS)


The MSc in Cybersecurity Management is a 90 credit programme, consisting of 60 credits worth of taught modules and a 30-credit project. This programme lasts for one calendar year. The programme places signifcant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that students will learn by doing from the first module to the last.


In the event that a student completes the 60 taught credits and is unable to complete the project (30 credits), that student can opt to receive the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Cybersecurity Management. Indeed it is possible to apply directly for the PGDip programme.


A student who receives a PGDip in Cybersecurity Management, and who, after some time, decides that (s)he wishes to complete the MSc, has the option of completing the 30-credit project and then presenting themselves for the MSc in Cybersecurity Management.



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12 months (3 semesters) is the minimum duration to complete. This programme will be delivered full-time on-campus.



Entry to the MSc in Cybersecurity Management will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.



EU student fees are €8,700. Per semester fee instalments are possible, please contact the Fees Office in CIT if this is your preferred payment option (E: Some students may be eligible for SUSI grant support, check the Eligibility Reckoner on the SUSI website for further details.



Non-EU fees are €12,000, scholarships (25%) are available up to 31st March 2021 reducing fees to €9,000. A scholarship of 15% is offered until the 31st May 2021 reducing fees to €10,200. After that date the programme fee returns to €12,000.



Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).



Applications are now open for September 2021. Closing date is 31st August 2021 for applications.


Ms Tríona McSweeney
Department of Computer Science


The Department of Computer Science at CIT is one of the largest Computer Science departments in Ireland. We offer a range of modern undergraduate programmes and a host of opportunities at master’s degree and at PhD level. Our industry engaged programmes match the needs of our economy and have an excellent reputation for producing the most employable computer science graduates in the region. These highly skilled graduates are in huge demand and contribute significantly to the development of the region. As technology plays a greater role in our society the growth in the demand for these graduates will continue year after year.


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